The world is abuzz with El Clasico, but in the Premier League, a new rivalry has emerged, Manchester City vs Chelsea. In the recent years, these two title contenders have had fierce encounters, making it the most crucial tie of all. Forget about Manchester United vs. Liverpool or Spurs vs. Arsenal; Man City vs. Chelsea is the new cool. Well, the two leviathans will take on each other this weekend and it will radically change the outlook of the Premier League table. Matchday 14 in the Premier League is scheduled for 3rd & 4th December 2016, and Man City vs. Chelsea will be the curtain raiser. Let’s assess every fixture scheduled for Matchday 14:
The battle between the Belgian greats, Hazard and De Bruyne, is all set to add a touch of glaze at Etihad. The former team-mates will go head-to-head in search of glory, hoping to prevail. Well, some vital stats make this encounter worth watching. Sergio Aguero loves to score against the Blues, whereas Antonio Conte has won 7 matches in a row as Chelsea’s manager, conceding just one goal. Chelsea has won the most away-games against Man City than any other Premier League side, but Man City has defeated Chelsea in the last two fixtures. Can Man City make it three in a row against the Blues and dethrone them from the top spot?
Southampton will be traveling to Selhurst Park, London, to face the Eagles, but interestingly, Palace has managed to win just once against the Saints. Crystal Palace is going through a bad patch but will be hoping to once again walk straight on the path of resurrection before it gets too late. However, Saints are on a roll and would like to retain their impressive form against the Eagles to continue their progress.
Joe Allen and Glenn Whelan will be back for Stoke against Burnley. The Clarets have displayed an impressive home form this season and would like to improve their away form. Surprisingly, Stoke has won just once against the Clarets, but that’s an overrated stat. Burnley have surprised many big guns this season, but Stoke have lost only one game in the last five Premier League matches this season.
The defending champions, Leicester, will be visiting Stadium of Light this Saturday in search of a win. The Foxes have lost just one game out of their last nine Premier League matches against Sunderland. Well, keeping the impressive form of Foxes against the Black Cats aside, Leicester have failed miserably this season and are clearly out of contention for retaining their Premier League crown.
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— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 1, 2016
Swansea have been winless against Tottenham since their promotion to Premier League in 2011. Mauricio Pochettino also holds an impressive record against the Swans, winning five and drawing 2 in the seven Premier League encounters against Swans. Danny Rose is back for Spurs and Toby Alderweireld is back in training – hoping to hear good news regarding the Belgian.
With only a point separating the two sides, Watford and West Brom will face off each other in a tie that matters equally to both sides since they are in search of a European spot. The results are speaking for the clubs, but Wets Brom will be in search of vengeance for the defeat in April.
West Ham have been winless in their last four Premier League matches, but they managed to go unbeaten against Arsenal last season, winning one and drawing the other. However, Arsenal are enjoying a prolific run this season and are serious title contenders for this season. West Ham’s defeat at the hands of Man Utd in the EFL Cup speaks volumes about the poor run the Hammers are going through. In such circumstances, hosting Arsenal and beating them is very unlikely.
Bournemouth will be hosting Liverpool in the first encounter of Super Sunday. Liverpool are just a point behind the leaders, Chelsea, and cannot afford to let this slip. The injury to Coutinho is a big blow, but Liverpool have displayed good form against the Cherries, winning eight out of the last 11 Premier League encounters.
Everton will welcome Manchester United in hopes of ending their poor run. Despite starting the season on a high, Ronald Koeman’s men have fallen off the track. Only a point is separating the two sides, and a win is crucial for either of them to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
Fellaini's Man Utd Travel To His Old Club Everton On Sunday
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— Premier League (@PremlerIeague) December 2, 2016
Middlesbrough will host Hull City in a late Monday-night fixture. The bottom-of-the-table clash is imperative for Hull to win as a win can take them out of the relegation zone but defeating Middlesbrough at home is one heck of a task.